Richard Street-Escott an estate agent at Dixon Vince in Uckfield says he’s aiming to turn from sloth to sleek as he trains for the Brighton Marathon coming up in April for a local charity.
He’s undertaken the challenge before, and run half-marathons too, but hadn’t done any running for a few years by the time he realised his fitness was declining and the weight piling on, so he started jogging with Uckfield Runners last year.
“I found myself weighing 16-and-a-half stone when I thought I was in the body of a 21-year-old,” said Richard, aged 42, who lives in Hunters Way. “I had no idea how big and heavy I was.”
January 1 was the date it all changed and Richard started marathon training. It’s been difficult with the weight he has been carrying but he has already lost a stone. He said he definitely needs to lose another two stone, two-and-a-half stone really.
On Wednesday night he ran 18km and while he was feeling stiff yesterday he was pleased with the achievement.
He’s doing his training at Isenhurst gym and running on the streets of Uckfield, Maresfield and the Ashdown Forest.
His wife Tessa and sons Eddy, four, and Ruben, two, are encouraging him, though the boys are missing his “big tummy”.
Richard said: “They have already had to stop talking about my big tummy and likening me to the Dad in Peppa Pig.”
Richard, who joined Dixon Vince a year ago, will be raising funds for International Animal Rescue, an Uckfield charity which saves animals from suffering around the world.
He said: “I plan to post training pictures to show the amount of work I am doing to train and help support this wonderful, often overlooked cause for animal welfare. If you would like to donate I would be so very grateful, and so would the animals.”
Richard’s JustGiving page can be found here.